links are to a small number of websites which are relevant to
my main current concerns. Their selection does not imply that
they are more important than others, just that they can provide
a way into the huge range of potentially relevant material now
on the Internet. They are listed under four overlapping headings.
a More Just and Sustainable World
Sharing the Value of Common Resources
Democratic Strategies for Change
a More Just and Sustainable World
Society (UK) - promotes
human scale sustainable development as a necessary alternative
to globalisation and ever remoter structures of political governance
and corporate power. Wide-ranging agenda.
Briefings, Awards, Newsletters, etc.
good links to other Schumacher
Circle organisations - Intermediate Technology Development
Group, Soil Association, New Economics Foundation, Schumacher
College, Green Books, Centre for Alternative Technology,
Economics Foundation - independent "think-and-do
tank". 2002 "Think-tank of the year".
and demonstrates real economic well-being. Works in partnership
to put people and planet first. Wide-ranging agenda. Aims
to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions.
Many practical projects at local level.
challenges mainstream thinking on larger economic, environmental
and social issues - climate change, poor-country debt,
Green Books – Another
member of the Schumacher Circle. Publishes a wide range of green
subjects, including economics and politics.
for Human Ecology - stimulates
and supports fundamental change towards ecological sustainability
and social justice through education, action and research. Scottish
and international focus.
approach, e.g. in degree and MSc courses, is based on
that ecological sustainability and social justice are
linked and that fundamental change depends on action
at the levels
of the individual, community and society.
Africa New Economics (SANE) Network - challenges
the way economics tends to reduce people to economic agents, the
environment to property, social institutions to markets, and progress
to growth in production.
research and dialogue on alternative economic theories
designed to promote social equity and justice, community
and ecological sustainability - especially South Africa
countries. Basic income and local currencies in rural
among their proposals.
for the Economics for Sustainability (FEASTA)
active and exciting programme to identify the
(economic, cultural and environmental) of a truly sustainable
society, articulate how the necessary transition can
and promote the implementation of the measures required.
It has both an Irish
and international focus.
for the Future -
the Forum aims to help its partners in Business, Government
and Education & Learning to become more sustainable.
many programmes include: Centre
for Sustainable Investment, Directory
of Sustainability in Practice, Forum
Business Programme, Sustainable
Economy Programme, Green
Futures magazine, and The
Natural Step (UK).
Era Network - people and groups working in Britain & India
for strong local and regional economies, healthy environments
and a just and peaceful world.
Studies Institute - the
Environment Group at PSI analyses the socio-economic causes of
environmental impacts and the policies that may ameliorate them.
It undertakes policy-relevant research with a view to contributing
to the maintenance and enhancement of the environment's contribution
to human welfare, now and in the future. Its interdisciplinary
approach recognises the interaction at every level between the
environment, the economy and society generally.
Economics Institute, launched in the House
of Commons on 12 July 2005, undertakes and encourages
study and discussion of perspectives, methods,
tools and instruments, to facilitate benign change
in the way people are affected by the economy and
their relationship to it.
pioneers new concepts for activists, community groups,
entrepreneurs and businesses committed to long-term collaboration
for a more sustainable and more just world - at the risk
of "increasing the uncomfort zone for hesitant administrators
and politicians". Wide-ranging agenda.
the Value of Common Resources
Rights Institute - promotes
policies and programmes, including Land Value Taxation, in the
USA and elsewhere in the world which enlarge democratic rights
to common heritage resources. Supports the building of ecological
member organisation of the International
Union for Land Value Taxation, a United Nations NGO
in London and a NGO stakeholder of the UN Commission
independent economic and social justice think tank and
education group, which explores and promotes principles
just and prosperous society and a healthy environment;
equitable sharing of the value of land and other common
as the main source of public revenue.
Progress - among other projects, Redefining Progress
proposes a new agenda for common prosperity based on our common
include tangible assets such as public forests and minerals,
wealth such as copyrights and patents, critical infrastructure
like the Internet and government research, and cultural
such as broadcast airwaves and public spaces. Collectively,
assets are the basis for our common wealth.
Budget Coalition - Coalition of Canadian
promotes ecological fiscal reform (EFR) to create an
sustainable economy. Objectives include making polluters
and rewarding those who take active steps towards a more
economy through measures such as eco-efficiency and reliance
Budget Germany - "Tax
Bads, Not Goods". Newsletter, eco-tax information
experts and links on Ecological Tax Reform. International
Income Earth Network (BIEN)
Basic Income European Network. A basic (or citizen's) income is
an income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis,
without means test or work requirement.
of BIEN include policy-makers, academics, activists and students
from around the world. Common to all is the belief that some sort
of economic right based upon citizenship must be part of the just
solution to social problems in advanced societies.
newsletter, and two-yearly international congresses on the relevance
of a basic income to such themes as unemployment, poverty, development,
changing patterns of work and family life, and principles of social
Income Trust - promotes
debate on the feasibility of a citizen's income by running seminars
and conferences, publishing a newsletter and other publications,
maintaining a library of resources, and responding to requests
Global Basic Income Foundation based in the
Netherlands advocates the introduction of a global
basic income, which guarantees every man, woman and
child the means to live. It links the idea of common
ownership of the earth with the case for a basic
The U.S. Basic Income
Guarantee Network publishes an email newsletter
every two months, maintains an on-line discussion
paper series, and has yearly conferences.
Free Lunch blog - Charles Bazlinton is the author
of "The Free Lunch" (2002). The book brought together
proposals for land value taxation, citizen's income ("citizen's
royalty") and reforming the way bank-account money is
created, as possibilities for economic justice in the 21st
century. The blog regularly updates progress.
Positive Money -
an increasingly active and successful campaigning organisation, spreading understanding of why and how the the function of creating the money supply should be transferred to a public agency creating it debt-free in the public interest, and away from the commercial banks that now create it as debt paying very large sums in interest to themselves.
Monetary Institute (AMI) - dedicated
to the study of monetary history, monetary theory and monetary
research results understandable by citizens, supporting
reforms aiming at economic justice and a more equitable
functioning of government, instead of allowing special
privileges for the few to be quietly determined behind
by the structure of a society's monetary system.
Money Creation back into Public Hands - mission
statement by a group from Germany including Joseph Huber. Joseph Huber also has a new website.
- a monthly Money Reform journal from Scotland. Spreads understanding
about the nature of our debt-based money system, and campaigns
for publicly-created debt-free money.
links to other resources on monetary reform.
decentralised democracy, regional economies and monetary reform.
Dixon - future prospects for monetary reform and
banking & finance.
Markets - its page on reforming global
finance includes important coverage of international
and national monetary reform.
Schumacher Society - in
the United States is concerned with building local economies for people, land, and community.
Particular emphasis on local currencies, community land trusts, and microcredit.
the Common Good – includes a good 2009 pamphlet
Reform Party - understand
the true cause of our world's problems.
Monetary Reform - recovering
money from the private banking system and returning it
to constitutional & democratic
Project - a new green
on Monetary and Economic Reform (COMER) - an
information resource for economists, activists, policymakers,
academics, and people interested in evaluating contemporary
monetary and economic policies.
of the way in which money is created, our largest federal expenditure
(in Canada) is the interest on the debt, called 'the public
debt interest'. COMER contributes to the development of economic
theory that will help the world out of the present blind alley."
for Stable Currencies - a voluntary initiative of parliamentarians
and concerned citizens.
Gaia & Eros -
its page on "Just Say No to Big Bank/Treasury Games" brings
a feminist perspective to bear on money system reform.
Boyle - decentralised money.
Money - the
approach developed on this site is that the money system should
be based on private initiative, openness, and voluntary participation
- seen as the foundations for economic democracy.
material on the site explains and supports free market, non-governmental,
non-monopoly exchange options, in short, free money and
free banking . It also provides numerous links to a
variety of significant sources relating to the community currency
and private exchange movement.
Currency Resource Center - a
very useful source of information and guidance, including
over 140 other relevant links. Also relevant are www.basicincome.be and www.socialcurrency.be.
Democratic Strategies for Change
Simultaneous Policy Organisation (ISPO) -
ISPO proposes a peaceful, yet revolutionary, political
tool that aims to empower voters everywhere to compel politicians
to commit nations to implement global solutions simultaneously.
nations and corporations will not have to go it alone and risk
losing out from international industrial and financial competition.
Global warming, socially and environmentally irresponsible corporate
globalisation, unfair trade and other problems can be dealt with
by making our elected governments simultaneously take the necessary
steps to tackle them.